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Meet the new owner of Pornhub: Ethical Capital Partners



In the midst of a culture associated with online access to sexually explicit content, Mindgeek, the owner of Pornhub, was acquired on Thursday by private equity firm Ethical Capital Partners.

Pornhub is one of the largest adult entertainment websites on the internet and has come under scrutiny for previously hosting videos depicting child sexual abuse. After being published in the New York Times criticized platform, Visa and Mastercard suspended services from the site. Pornhub removed all unverified content and changed who was allowed to upload it to the site, but continued to struggle with its critics.

Despite the controversy surrounding Pornhub, Solomon Friedman, Ethical Capital Partners VP of Compliance, said that sharing how Mindgeek hosts and moderates content about “positive sexual expression between consensual adults” has a huge “social, financial and technological value.

Ethical Capital Partners will have “full control” of its new assets, Friedman told NBC News. V Press release in announcing the acquisition, the firm says it is seeking investment opportunities in industries requiring “principled ethical leadership.”

Friedman, a defense lawyer with almost 15 years of experience, said he has worked on lawsuits related to investigating, detecting and preventing child sexual abuse material.

Mindgeek has rarely spoken out in the years since the New York Times article, but its new owner boldly defends Pornhub’s right to exist.

According to Friedman, Mindgeek’s tools for checking bad content behavior were “a key reason why Ethical Capital Partners made the acquisition.” These include Mindgeek and Pornhub’s proven download program, a law enforcement portal, and a “toolkit” for checking content and tracking down stolen content.

“In fact, we see a huge untapped opportunity in taking these tools and sharing them with the world,” Friedman said.

On average in 2021, it took Pornhub a little less time to remove child sexual abuse messages (CSAM) than other platforms. according to National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Pornhub responded to three NCMEC CSAM notifications in less than five hours on average, compared to an overall average across all websites of just over 24 hours.

Outside 30 million reports exploitation of children in the NCMEC in 2021, Pornhub submitted just over 9,000 reports, and Mindgeek’s other pornographic websites submitted less than 100 reports combined.

Friedman said Ethical Capital Partners plans to support and center sex workers and sexually explicit content creators in discussions about law and regulation, including what payment processors like Visa and Mastercard do and don’t allow sex workers and pornographic sites.

“We were protecting sex workers and we saw the stigma,” Friedman said. “There is stigma and shame, which means that discussions and debates take place in the absence of those who suffer the most from it.”

The acquisition announcement was greeted with optimism by adult stars and sex workers, said Mike Stabile, director of communications for the Free Speech Coalition, the adult industry trade association.

“At a time when the industry is under incredible legal and cultural attack, it is very helpful to have one of the largest companies speak out,” Stabile said.

Along with the announcement of the acquisition of Mindgeek, Ethical Capital Partners also announced the formation of an advisory board that includes Dr. Val Webber, MD, MD. Webber has experience in the webcam industry and is looking to improve the safety and health of performers and sex workers.

“My goal will always be that the safety of the performer is never sacrificed for some other vision of safety,” Webber said. “It’s things like sexual health and also mental health in constant surveillance and constant deprivation of livelihood.”

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Sleep begins: why your body “hiccups” when you fall asleep



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Have you ever fallen asleep and suddenly felt like you were falling, forcing you to wake up? Some people say they are awakened by a loud clicking sound or a blinding light coming from their head, while others describe involuntary muscle twitching from a sudden electric shock.

“The onset of sleep usually involves one strong jerk that moves most of your body, with the arms and legs most likely to be affected. This can cause you to wake up before you can fall asleep,” said sleep specialist Dr. Raj Dasgupta, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California.

Chris Breitigan, a 29-year-old podcast producer from Huron, Ohio, says he sometimes gets pretty ghostly experiences.

“I’ll be on the verge of falling asleep and I’ll be tickled,” he said. “It starts from the back and goes through my legs. I shudder, and something twitches in my body.

This experience may be accompanied by a rapid heartbeat, rapid breathing, sweating, vivid dreams, or hallucinations. according to scientists.

Sleep attacks, officially called “hypnic twitches,” are normal things that can happen to men and women of any age and are usually nothing to worry about, Dasgupta says.

“It is estimated that almost 70% of the population will fall asleep at some point,” he said. “Medically, hypnotic jerks are classified as a type of myoclonus, which is a category of rapid involuntary muscle movements. The classic example of myoclonus is hiccups.”

No one knows exactly why the body jerks during sleep, but experts believe that excessive caffeine intake, as well as physical or emotional stress, can increase their frequency.

“They can also be promoted by fatigue or lack of sleep,” Dasgupta said. “However, most hypnotic twitches occur almost by accident in healthy people.”

Braytigan’s sleep is usually disturbed after evening meetings with friends on Tuesday evening.

“I really don’t drink much,” he said. “But on Tuesdays I go out with my friends and we have tacos. So I think it’s caused by alcohol because I don’t drink regularly.”

There is no cure for sleep attacks, Dasguta said, and they are generally harmless. However, it’s time to see a doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms: multiple muscle twitches throughout the day, hypnotic twitching injury, biting your tongue or mouth while you sleep, or urinating in bed.

“Hypnotic twitches can sometimes be confused with seizures,” Dasgupta said. “Although they may seem similar, they do have some key differences: Seizures are a serious condition that can be the result of an underlying medical condition.

“On the other hand, hypnotic twitches are harmless phenomena that are not associated with any disease or health problem,” he said. “Mostly, they’re just annoying, especially if they keep you awake all the time.”

However, some people develop a fixation on these jolts during sleep, leading to increased anxiety about disruptive experiences, he added.

“This increased anxiety and fatigue increases the likelihood of these jerks occurring, leading to a vicious cycle of insomnia and sleep deprivation,” Dasgupta said.

For all who are troubled by such events, Dasgupta offers the following suggestions:

Reduce your caffeine intake: Consuming less caffeine throughout the day can help improve overall sleep quality, especially if you avoid caffeine in the late afternoon and at night, Dasgupta says.

Avoid or reduce alcohol before bed: According to him, the same applies to alcohol. Alcohol can make you sleepy, but when your body has finished metabolizing it, you will usually wake up in the middle of the night. This will increase your fatigue, making you more vulnerable to hypnotic rushes.

Try meditation and mindfulness before bed: Relaxing the body can ease this transition into sleep, reducing the likelihood of muscle twitches, Dasgupta says.

“Also, one of the best ways to help yourself fall asleep is to focus on your breathing. Most breathing exercises for sleep usually involve slow, deep breathing,” he said.

Follow your sleep schedule: Dasgupta said that getting the best sleep requires set sleep times – even on weekends and holidays. It also helps to avoid bright screens before bed.

“The bright light of a TV, computer or smartphone can affect your sleep patterns and keep you alert when you should be falling asleep,” he said. “Sleep is something you do all your life, but the older you get, the harder it is to fall asleep, so practice proper sleep hygiene.”

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I’ve Always Been Thin and Trying to Understand Obesity – Chicago Tribune



Dear Amy! I have always been slim and fit. I eat well and do sports.

Like most people, I have friends and family who struggled terribly with weight issues.

I have read volumes on the genetic origins of obesity and want to be sensitive to this issue.

However, I can’t help but notice that the overweight people I know eat a lot more than me, exercise less, and generally lead a much less healthy lifestyle.

Should I believe that they are genetically predisposed to this behavior?

Please help me understand science!

– I try not to judge.

Dear attempt not to judge! To quote author Roxanne Gay: “When you’re overweight, people project made-up narratives onto your body and aren’t interested in the truth at all.”

If you really wanted to understand science, you would digest (pardon the pun) the piece of research you did instead of scratching your head in hypocritical surprise that you see overweight people. eat more and move less than you.

Genetics appear to play a role in both obesity itself and obesity-related behaviors such as overeating. Based on my own readings, the causes of obesity are varied and extremely complex, so successfully treating obesity is much more difficult than you might think.

This is from a study published by the National Institutes of Health: “Feelings of appetite and satiety are associated with complex interactions between hormones from the gastrointestinal (GI) tract to the hypothalamus and subsequent feedback. There are certain areas in the hypothalamus where hormones interact to produce feelings of appetite and fullness, which leads to eating or feeling full.”

People overeat for a variety of complex physical and emotional reasons, including the fact that for some people, their brains don’t get the message that they’re full.

And sometimes we humans overeat because we want to and don’t exercise because we don’t want to.

Bodies are not always thin. You can be both fat and fit.

The only wisdom I can offer you with full authority is that no overweight person wants or needs your scrutiny, your scrutiny, or your curiosity about why they don’t look like you.

Dear Amy! I read your column every day before my shift. As a former sexual harassment investigator, I strongly disagree with your advice about Sick Secrets. [Sick was the ex-wife of a man who had admitted to a sexual relationship decades prior, when he was 30 and the girl was 15 years old.]

Child sexual abuse should never be a secret.

If a criminal offends once, he offends twice. This man abused a child.

Who said this man didn’t abuse his own daughter? This must be reported immediately.

– Sergeant TM in Tulsa

Dear TM Sergeant from Tulsa: Thank you for reading and for your reply. Other readers agreed with you.

In answering this difficult question, I was mindful of the fact that Sick with Secrets reported that the victim’s family knew about the sexual relationship at the time it was taking place, and that the victim and her family members all chose not to report it – either then when it happened many years ago, or subsequently.

I was concerned that an angry ex-wife might decide to “kill” the victim, although in my opinion this should not be her choice. She has been sitting on this knowledge for many years, and her motivation now, as I read this, is to punish her ex by revealing it to her teenage children.

As I said in my answer, if “Sick of Secrets” had any reason to doubt the behavior of her ex-husband now, then she should act. She did not report any concerns (she and her ex-partner share custody of their children) and so I replied that telling her teenagers about it would only shift the burden of this knowledge from her to them.

Dear readers! Has your question ever been posted in the “Ask Amy” column? If so, I would like to hear from you. Did you accept or reject my advice? What problem you wrote about was ever solved?

As part of our ongoing conversation about human behavior and its consequences, I’d like to know how things turned out for you.

Please contact! Email me at – write UPDATE in the subject line and tell your story.

I am glad to have the opportunity to contact you again.

(You can write to Amy Dickinson at or send an email to Ask Amy, PO Box 194, Freeville, NY 13068. You can also follow her on Twitter. @askingamy or facebook.)

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Frame TV is $900 off this week



IF YOU Upgrading your TV to watch March Madness, shopping for the latest Samsung TV deals, or just looking for a tech upgrade, you’re in luck. Samsung is holding its signature spring sale, Discover Samsung 2023, where you can find great deals on TVs, soundbars, smartphones and large household appliances all week long. Included in savings up to $900 Off desired Frame TV, which goes far beyond the usual television protocol. When you’re not watching your favorite movies or shows, the screen becomes a piece of art that blends seamlessly into your home decor.

Samsung The Frame 55″ Smart TV

Samsung The Frame 55″ Smart TV

When you Frame TV turned off, you can leave it in Artistic Mode and select the painting or photo you want to put on the wall. You can also customize the frame around the TV so that the frame itself is in harmony with the design of your interior. But let’s get to the important part: the screen. The Frame TV is a QLED 4K device with 100 percent color volume, so you’ll see good contrast, true blacks, and vibrant hues. This is great for movie nights when you want to feel like you’re in the theater but don’t want to leave the house. And thanks to Quantum HDR, it also has an extended color range for your viewing pleasure.

V Frame TV rarely goes on sale, and we probably won’t see that kind of price drop again until Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday savings roll in (the price didn’t drop as much during Presidents’ Day either). If you’ve been eyeing Frame TV, take advantage of this week’s deal before it’s too late. Interested in another Samsung screen? Check out other Discover Samsung TV offerings below, including 70″ QLED Smart TV Q60B Series for less than $1,000.

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The Frame Class 75

SAMSUNG 75″ The Frame Smart TV

Now 23% discount


SAMSUNG 55″ Class The Serif QLED 4K UHD HDR Smart TV

Now 20% discount

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SAMSUNG 70-inch QLED Q60B 4K UHD Smart TV

Now 21% discount

Q80B 65 inch QLED Smart TV 4K UHD

SAMSUNG 65″ QLED Smart TV Q80B 4K UHD Series

Now 29% discount

S95B 65

SAMSUNG 65-inch OLED 4K Smart TV S95B Series

Now 40% discount


SAMSUNG 65 inch Smart TV Class Neo QLED 8K QN900B Series

Now 40% discount

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Ellen McAlpine is a commercial editor and writer at Hearst Magazines covering technology, fitness, lifestyle and more. During her writing career, she has covered everything from cutting-edge tech items like running watches and ringlights to phone cases and beauty tools.

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